Senator Ted Kennedy Has Died (1932 – 2009)

August 26, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who took the helm of one of America’s most fabled political families after two older brothers were assassinated, has died at age 77, his family said. Kennedy had been in declining health since having a seizure in May 2008.  Overcoming a history of family tragedy, as the youngest child he became a towering figure in the Democratic Party, who fought for the less fortunate and lead the recent charge for health care reform while battling brain cancer himself, died late Tuesday night. His family said in a statement:

“Edward M. Kennedy, the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply, died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port (Massachusetts),. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness, and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.’’

Kennedy is survived by his children, Kara, 49, Edward Jr., 47, and Patrick, 42, who has served as the Democratic representative from Rhode Island’s First Congressional District since 1995, and four grandchildren. All were the children of his first marriage. The senator is also survived by his second wife, Victoria Reggie Kennnedy and her children, Curran and Caroline Raclin, from a previous marriage.


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  1. Senator Ted Kennedy Has Died (1932 – 2009) : on August 26th, 2009 8:04 am

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  2. derek demos on August 26th, 2009 2:57 pm

    That’s a terrible thing for American…and the world; we all lost a great man and also a long legacy of family patriots and supporters to the American people and politics. We will miss you. Condolences to the family.

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